Minnesota State College Southeast
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English Transfer Pathway

Start the journey to a four year university degree in English at MSC Southeast


Begin your journey into the world of literature and writing at MSC Southeast

The English Transfer Pathway at Minnesota State College Southeast will set you on your way to a bachelor's degree in English at any one of the seven state universities within the Minnesota State system.

The study of English prepares students to be stronger communicators, more reflective readers, and better critical thinkers. It is a preparation not only for a career but also for living an enriched life.

The pathway includes core courses in both writing and literature, as well as several English electives. Students also have the option of simultaneously completing the Creative Writing Certificate while pursuing the English Pathway.

When you complete the English Transfer Pathway,

  • You will have an Associate of Arts degree in hand
  • You will be ready to transfer, with junior status, to a Minnesota State University
  • You will have acquired communication skills useful in a variety of settings

The English Transfer Pathway is offered on campus in Winona and Red Wing, Minnesota, or the degree can be earned online.

Apply now for admission to Minnesota State College Southeast

Major Offerings

  • English Transfer Pathway (AA)View Classes
    W/RW/Online - 60 cr

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Transfer Pathways

The English Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated English bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.* The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree And transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer And apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.

The English Transfer Pathway (AA) degree transfers to the following 4-year degree programs:

Transfer University4-Year Degree Name
Bemidji State UniversityEnglish, BA
Metropolitan State UniversityEnglish, BA
Minnesota State University, MankatoEnglish Studies, BA
Minnesota State University MoorheadEnglish Writing Emphasis, BA
English Emphasis in Integrated English & Publishing, BA
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityEnglish Literature Emphasis, BA
English Creative Writing Emphasis, BA
St. Cloud State UniversityEnglish, Creative Writing, BA
English, Rhetoric & Writing, BA
English, English Studies (General), BA
English Linguistics, BA
English Literature, BA
Winona State UniversityEnglish, BA

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; And Winona State University.

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform close analysis of literature at an introductory level
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of canonical works of literature
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of literature of under-represented populations
  4. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge of audience and rhetorical situations
  5. Create discipline-specific documents that employ effective techniques for specific writing situations

English Transfer Pathway Job Placement: TBD

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Important Documents
English Transfer Pathway Program Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Career Opportunities

  • English teacher
  • Creative writer (poetry, fiction, essay)
  • Editor, journalist, researcher
  • Technical writer, copywriter
  • marketing and public relations
  • Web content specialist

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Solid preparation for English bachelor's completion
  • Traditional as well as contemporary literature studies
  • Seasoned English faculty with many publications
  • Variety of advanced creative writing electives


Pete Beurskens has a B.A., English, University of Northern Iowa and M.A., English, University of Northern Colorado. He has taught college writing and literature since 1990 (in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) and has published a number of articles, poems, and essays in regional and national publications. He has also served as newsletter editor for the Minnesota Association of Scholars and has worked as a salesman, non-profit director, grant writer, and forest fire fighter. In addition, he teaches writing and great books courses to homeschool students. Pete enjoys hunting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and hiking with his family. He lives on a hobby farm in western Wisconsin.

Cindy Ciszewski came to MSC Southeast in 2010 as a member of the English faculty. Before that, she taught College Reading and Writing at Winona State University and worked in their Writing Center. She has also taught Film and American History at Western Technical College in La Crosse. In her free time, Cindy enjoys reading (of course, she's an English major), running, cooking, antiquing, and flower gardening. Her favorite time of all, though, is that spent "up north" with her husband and two daughters. She has a B.A. English, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and M.A. English Language and Literature, Winona State University.

Michael Larson is the recipient of major poetry fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His full-length collection of poetry, "What We Wish We Knew, " was published in 2005; and his short story, "The Woods" appeared in The Malahat Review (2011). He has been teaching writing, literature, and speech courses at the college level since the late 1980s, at MSC Southeast exclusively since 2003. He has earned several degrees: B.A., Speech-Communication, Bethel College; M.A., English, St. Cloud State University; and M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Arkansas. In addition to his teaching and literary endeavors, he is the faculty advisor for the school chess club. In his free time, he likes to fly fish in the area's many trout streams.

Erik Sigurd Lee has taught a combination of French, English, English as a Second Language, and communications courses since 1994 in France, Taiwan, Brazil, and the U.S. He has worked at private and public schools at both the high school and college levels. He continues to study Western literature and to travel to Europe and South America for his professional development and personal enjoyment. He has a B.A., French, University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.A., English, Minnesota State University-Mankato.

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